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My Story

 

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Chris here, founder of ScullingGear.com.

Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you're here!

I always like to know who the people are behind a retail store - especially an online shop. If you're on this page, maybe you do too?

With that in mind, I'd like to share a bit about myself and give you my back story so you know who you're dealing with when shopping at ScullingGear.com.

I'm a (retired) youth coach, single sculler and master coxswain (that's me above at the 2015 Head of the Charles with our Men's Senior Master 4+ crew), based in the northeast corner of New England in Bath, Maine.

I'm currently training to be a Certified Health Coach with the Health Coach Institute which is certified by the International Coach Federation.

 

The back story. It all began with a boat...

In the summer of 2015, after the kids' racing season was over and we'd wrapped up the adult learn-to-row clinics, I treated myself to a week-long sculling camp with some good friends at Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont. (highly recommended, by the way!) It was awesome, and life changing now that I look back.

After spending a few days rowing a sleek Kaschper Flyweight racing single that fit my petite, 5' 2" frame perfectly, I fell in love with the boat. I decided to get serious about my rowing.

I took a deep breath and put down a deposit to buy "My Boat" at the end of the season. It was a big investment but one for which I was willing to save and sacrifice. Besides, I'm not getting any younger, right? If not now, when? So I took the plunge. (See if you can spot My Boat in some of the product photos!

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While waiting impatiently for My Boat (I'm an instant gratification type so I wanted My Boat NOW), I went about sourcing all the gear I would need for my new toy...tie-down straps, slings, bow numbers, rowing gloves, mirror, gear bag, gel seat pad, etc. 

The hardest part, besides the waiting, was that I had to surf all over the intrawebs for
this 
stuff. I spent hours looking for gear, bookmarking sites, printing out pages. I thought to myself, "it would be so much easier if all this gear was available in one place!"

I figured there had to be other people like me, maybe even a lot of other people, who were
actively looking to buy rowing gear but frustrated with the shopping process. And so the idea was born...I'd build the site myself! By late November of 2015, I was ready to launch with a small inventory of items.

Here at ScullingGear.com, you'll find a curated collection of rowing and sculling gear that is rower-tested and coach-approved - products and brands that I feel good putting my name behind.

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Like my rowing...I want my store to be as fast and efficient as possible, to make it easy for you to find what you need and get
it quickly. (there's that instant gratification thing again.) 

If you would like to be notified when new products launch, when we have a sale going on, or just need the occasional reminder to
re-order your favorite gear, please join my 
mailing list. You can find the sign-up box at the bottom of every page. (You can unsubscribe anytime and your privacy is protected. I won't clog up your inbox with messages, either. You have my promise on that.) 

I'm not looking to be the next Amazon but I do want to be your "go-to" shop for rowing and sculling gear. If I don't carry it, you'll most likely find a vendor on the resources page that does...along with helpful links to USRowingRow2KRegatta CentralHead of the CharlesCraftsbury, boat repair, custom apparel, fun phone apps, boat insurance and more.

See? Convenient, one-stop shopping...even if it's not with me!

Best of all? Free shipping for all items to USA addresses. No minimum order, no end date. Cool, right?

Again, thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy your time here and come back again soon.
Until then, have a good row!
Chris
Founder of RowingGear.com

P.S. Please share the site with your rower friends! Let's make this an awesome community of like-minded rowers, scullers and coaches! After all...less time on the intrawebs means more time on the water.